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    Celebrate the ‘Hour of Code’!

    submitted by Eric Renfors, Code Ninjas Yardley, retired elementary principal, www.codeninjas.com

    December 9th marks the beginning of Computer Science in Education week.

    The highlight of this week is the international “Hour of Code.”

    What began in 2013 as a one-hour initiative to “demystify code” has evolved into a weeklong event that reaches 15% of the school aged children in the world.

    Since it began six years ago more than 800,000,000 young people have participated in Hour of Code events.

    If you know a school-aged child, there is a better than average chance that come December he or she will be spending at least an hour as a producer of video games instead of a consumer.

    The elementary school where I was principal has been celebrating the Hour of Code for years.

    In the days and weeks after each event I would get e-mails from third and fourth graders asking me to check out and play the video games they were making.

    It became quite clear to me that young people enjoy creating games as much as they like playing them.

    If you’re interested in finding out if YOUR student enjoys coding, Computer Science in Education Week is the time to do it.

    Find out if your school is celebrating the Hour of Code, ask your child if he or she is being taught any coding at school.

    If you want to take it a step further you can visit the code.org website and find an event that you could attend with your child.

    If your child has  tried different activities but still hasn’t found his or her “thing,” take advantage of this wonderful event.

    Use it to expose your sons and daughters to computer science.

    Teach them that computer science is accessible to anyone.

    Teach them to code!